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OscarRivera2014.jpgThe firm’s Oscar Rivera played an important role in the International Council of Shopping Centers’ recent “Strategic Leadership Summit and Federal Fly-In” in Washington D.C. The following is an excerpt from an article on this initiative from the April issue of ICSC’s “Shopping Centers Today” newsletter:

For the last several years, the state legislature has considered the possibility of rolling back Florida’s tax on commercial real estate lease payments, and the issue is back on the legislative agenda for 2015 with the introduction of a bill last week in the Florida Senate. I was very pleased to have had the opportunity to participate in last week’s International Council of Shopping Centers Florida Legislative Conference in Tallahassee, and our meetings with the lawmakers and their representatives proved to be very productive in persuading them to keep this measure in mind.

Oscar Rivera photo FINAL.jpgThe firm’s Oscar Rivera recently represented the owner and developer of the 220 Alhambra Circle office tower in the sale of the property for $75 million to Mercantil Commercebank, the building’s largest tenant. His critical role in this transaction, which was in the works for nearly three years, was the subject of the lead “Dealmakers” feature in today’s Daily Business Review.

In a deal that was more than two years in the making, I recently represented the owner and developer of 220 Alhambra Circle in the sale of the office tower to Mercantil Commercebank for $75 million. Mercantil has been the largest tenant in the building for more than 15 years.

Steve Siegfried 2013 srhl-law.jpgSteven M. Siegfried, our firm’s founding partner, was quoted in an article in the September 24 edition of the Daily Business Review about the impact of a new federal law to eliminate registration requirements for new condominium and timeshare developments under the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act.

Stuart Sobel 2013Partner Stuart Sobel has authored a number of guest columns that have appeared in the Daily Business Review and the National Law Journal during the last several years, and his latest article published in the July 3 edition of the Daily Business Review is drawing considerable attention by the South Florida legal community.

Founded in 1957, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is the global trade association of the shopping center industry with more than 60,000 members in the U.S., Canada and over 90 other countries. I have had the honor of leading numerous courses and seminars at the organization’s events in recent years, and in the next few months I look forward to continuing these presentations at two of ICSC’s professional development events.

Stuart H. Sobel.JPGStuart Sobel’s work since 2008 on behalf of the estate of the late interior designer James Wallace Tutt III was chronicled in an article in yesterday’s Miami Herald and another report in today’s Daily Business Review. Stuart prevailed before the Third District Court of Appeal in securing a judgment in favor of the estate in a case involving the famed designer’s $2.9 million sale of the one-acre Bahamian island Caribe Cay. Tutt was the interior designer for Gianni Versace’s South Beach mansion as well as a mansion owned by Cher, and he also became famous as the owner of the boutique Rock House hotel on Harbour Island near Eleuthera in the Bahamas where past guests have included Elle Macpherson, Naomi Campbell, Diane von Furstenberg, Barry Diller and Uma Thurman.